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Author's Rating
Vocals 7
Musicianship 7.25
Lyrics 7.75
Production 8.25
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 7
Final Verdict: 74%
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Tomorrow is Already Here - First Words

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (04/08/08)
Tomorrow is Already Here - First Words
Record Label: None
Release Date: February 12, 2008

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Garret Gengler goes by the moniker Tomorrow is Already Here. By day, he is a web programmer, but when he is off the clock, his muse takes over him, and he begins writing and playing songs. His debut album First Words took three years to complete, but it also has 17 tracks of country folk/acoustic pop melodies that helped him through his high pressure work days. The album has lo-fi productions as Gengler plays and performs acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, and vocals. He tells, "I got friends - Cale Parks, Mark Stolk, and Shane Sanders to add some things." First Words was the remedy for what ailed him during the day on the job, and he knows there are lots of folks out there just like him. Making music became the outlet for his creative energies, and First Words is the physical product that his energies have put out there.

Gengler shows himself to have many tunesmith accouterments liken to Sufjan Stevens in his ability to go inside himself and understand the world around him. He also displays the melodic sensibilities of Gomez making the songs a product that’s begot from nurturing them to their fullest potential. The country folk integrity of the brushed strokes in the guitar chords and drum beats on tracks like “Daniel,” “Heroes of the Underground,” and “Favorite Sun” is worthy of Ryan Adams. Gengler balances the country folk textures with a bit of light cabaret piano and high hat drum taps on “Northern Lights” and panels of jazz-club piano on “Modern Times.” The title track and “Codes and Ciphers” have an adult contemporary vibe with soft pop epoxy holding the movements together. The samples that he uses for the instrument parts sound very real like they are made from analog sounds. One track that makes the listener aware that Gengler is using programmed effects is “Goodwill for Bruno” which has a series of xylophone pitched notes jiggling softly with a childlike banter.

Gengler also provides some Americana decor with a southern accent in “Where It Began” and “Silver King,” which has sprigs of New Mexico-like embers contrasting the sounds of the Midwest plains where Gengler comes from in Champaign, Illinois he shows up in the summery, upbeat strokes of “Best Advices.” Gengler also puts in a touch of Caribbean breeziness impaling the rhythms of “This Night” so the melody has a comfortably rolling motion. Garret Gengler’s lyrics are something for the pages of the American songbook very similar to the words of Walt Whitman. Gengler’s lyrics are random thoughts that he speaks out loud like they are things that are worth remembering for him. For instance, in the song “South Seas” which, if there is one song to check out from Gengler, this is the one: “I confess I like to read tales of adventure / Wrecks in the South Seas / Treasure Island / And pirates with red shirts / Oh how a red shirt lights up the dull page like a scarlet leaf.” Gengler lets his thought patterns run free in this folk tune, which has the sway of an Irish folk tale sung by Gordon Lightfoot.

Garret Gengler (aka Tomorrow is Already Here) makes songs that crib light feathering motions of strings, keyboards, horns, and guitars berth by cozy seaside bass rolls and drum beats. His blend of country folk textures and soft pop tempos is very relaxing. In a world that mostly stresses people out, Gengler’s product is a remedy for feeling burned out and weary.

Recommended if You LikeGomez, Sufjan Stevens, Ryan Adams

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